The Pennsylvania Association of the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) is a proud affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

PennAEYC is a dynamic membership organization of early care and education professionals dedicated to PennAEYC's Mission and Vision.


To be an effective voice for high-quality early childhood care and education. We do this through policy development, advocacy and professional development and supports for early childhood professionals


Each and every Pennsylvania family will have access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education opportunities for their children provided by a profession that is valued, well-compensated and supported.

Code of Ethics

PennAEYC is committed to the NAEYC Professional Code of Ethical Conduct and recognizes that early care and education professionals encounter situations everyday that require moral and ethical decisions. The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct provides guidelines to support the professional. For more information please visit NAEYC website to read the Code of Ethics and learn more.

Strategic Plan 2021-2025

PennAEYC's strategic plan is focused on our main objective to strengthen and expand PennAEYC’s membership to build a more diverse, professionalized early childhood sector that will provide high-quality early care and education for Pennsylvania’s children and families. This realistic, but ambitious five-year plan is focused on organizational growth and further building our work in advocacy and professional development. For more information about the organization's values, priorities, goals and strategies please visit 1.2024-PennAEYC Updated 1.8.24-Compressed-Strategic Plan

Learn more about PennAEYC Leadership


Meet the PennAEYC Staff


Learn more about the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Learn more about local PennAEYC Chapters serving communities across PA